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Consumer Confidential: Should medical bills be in plain words? Yes, duh

Last week, I called for California to pass a law requiring that medical bills be written in clear language so that patients can understand them.

As it stands, bills from hospitals, doctors and insurance companies are frequently indecipherable with their codes, abbreviations, misleading descriptions and lack of any explanation for why charges are so high.

State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, agrees. He told me he's looked at his family's own medical bills and scratched his head repeatedly over what they were being charged for.

"Should medical bills be written in plain language? The answer is yes, absolutely yes," Glazer said. "The question now is how we can get

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